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Prabhu promises independence of development authority
New Delhi : Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday assured the independence of the Rail Development Authority for fixing of realistic fares.
 
The minister's assurance came while presenting the Railway Budget for 2016-17 in the Lok Sabha.
 
The formation of an independent authority was proposed last year. 
 
The authority has been envisaged to enable fair pricing of services, promotion of competition, protection of customer interest and to maintain efficient standards. 
 
The minister further elaborated that the draft bill for formation of the authority will be ready after holding extensive consultations with stakeholders.
 
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More lower berths for elderly, e-tickets easier for disabled
New Delhi : The Indian Railways is fulfilling its social obligations towards Divyang, senior citizens and women travellers, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday while presenting the rail budget in the Lok Sabha.
 
Prabhu said that for Divyang (differently able), the railways have introduced one-time registration for availing concessions while booking tickets online, online booking of wheelchairs and Braille-enabled new coaches. 
 
Also, the quota of lower berths has been increased for senior citizens and women. 
 
“In the coming financial year, the railways is increasing the senior citizen quota per coach by 50 percent, resulting in almost 120 lower berths per train for senior citizens,” he said.
 
The minister said that in pursuance of the objectives of Accessible India campaign, Indian Railway will ensure that all stations under redevelopment are made disabled friendly. 
 
He said that at least one disabled-friendly toilet on all platforms in A1-class stations will be built in the next financial year. 
 
To make travel hassle-free for common man on dense routes, the railways would introduce a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service -- called Antyodaya Express -- on these routes, Prabhu said. 
 
Besides, there would be more unreserved coaches in some long distance trains to enhance the carrying capacity. These coaches will also have facility for potable water and a higher number of mobile charging points, the minister said.
 
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Counter tickets can be cancelled through cellphone: Prabhu
New Delhi : The Indian Railways is launching a procedure enabling commuters who had booked tickets from Passenger Reservation counters to get them cancelled through their cell phones.
 
Currently people have to visit the reservation counter personally to cancel their tickets.
 
"We are introducing a new process for cancellation of counter tickets through the 139 helpline post verification using 'One Time Password' sent on registered phone number," Railway Minister Suresh Parabhu said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday while presenting the Railway Budget - 2016-17.
 
New procedure will allow passengers to cancel their tickets from anywhere in the country through telephonic services of the Indian Railways.
 
The government will also install ticket scanners at various stations to address the ticket-less menace.
 
"Bar coded tickets, scanners and access control to be introduced on a pilot basis on major stations to tackle the menace of ticket-less travel and ensure hassle free travel for passengers," Prabhu said.
 
"Indian Railways intends to commence sale of tickets through hand held terminals for the benefit of the suburban and short distance travellers. This would enable deployment of multiple 'Points of Sale' with minimal infrastructure requirement," he said.
 
The Indian Railways intends initiating sale of short-distance and platform tickets through ticket vending machines installed on busy train terminals which would be made compatible with not only cash but also credit and debit cards.
 
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